ANN: Digitalising Borders

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Governance Programme Dialogue Series 2021/2022: Population Surveillance, the Body, and Mobility.

The series examines twenty-first century population surveillance (ID cards, passports, checkpoints, and policing) in the Global South and/or spaces of its intersection with the Global North. It examines how population surveillance has been transformed through new technologies, whilst also seeking to uncover continuities with the colonial past/present. It asks how do forms of population surveillance today affect the body, movement, and power? 

Lecture 1: Digitalising Borders

Join us for a session on Digitalising Borders that brings together a conversation between two prominent scholars whose work on space, technology, and mobility pushes us to examine the unequal, violent, and racialised nature of borders today.


Polly Pallister-Wilkins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, University of Amsterdam. As a political geographer, her research focuses primarily on humanitarian responses to border violence and mobility injustice. She is the author of the forthcoming Humanitarian Borders: Unequal Mobility and Saving Lives (Verso) as well as a number of articles looking at what she calls humanitarian borderwork with a specific focus on the Mediterranean and the Greek hotspots. Growing from this, her current research is concerned with what black radical — especially feminist — traditions and indigenous knowledges can offer for decolonialising humanitarianism.

Helga Tawil-Souri is a media scholar whose work focuses on the overlaps between spatiality, technology, and politics with a particular focus on Palestine/Israel. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University.


Sanaa Alimia is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations.


30 September 2021, 17:00-18:30 (London).


Join us online via Zoom by registering here.